This upcoming weekend is the annual Immanuel Summer Retreat! The goal is to talk really practically about what it looks like to love God and love people – the summary of the Law we’ve been looking at in Deuteronomy. #LGLP2016

Here’s a sneak peek at what to expect:

Saturday Morning:

“Loving God” – Hour long talk from Hobin to follow up from last year’s retreat. Practical help on how to actually find superior pleasure in God so we don’t give in to anger, greed, sloth, pride, envy, lust, or gluttony. Answering the question, “What does it really look like to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength?”

Saturday Afternoon:

“Loving People Who Are Down” – We’ll introduce a jar with cards next to it that people can write on throughout the weekend with ways that they have felt loved (or not) during a time when they were doubting, discouraged, or grieving. They can put their name there or be anonymous. We will pull some out at different times in between topics to read aloud.

“Loving People through Prayer” – Short, 5-minute testimony from Abby on others-centered prayer practices.

“Loving People through Discipleship” – Short, 5-minute testimony from Sarah F. on how someone poured in to her through discipleship.

“Loving People Online” – 15-minute ‘TED Talk’ from Brannen laying out principles for how we can think of others first with our online presence with 5 minutes of Q&A afterwards.

“Loving People in Poverty” – Large Group 30-minute discussion guided by Christian on ways we can be part of truly helping those stuck in poverty in our neighborhood.

Saturday Evening:

“Loving People Who Didn’t Grow Up in a Christian Home or Go to a Christian College” – 15-minute interview with the Sapthavees moderated by Ryan on what it’s like to be an outsider to Christian culture and how those on the inside can be mindful of “normal people.”

“Loving People Who Are New” – 5 minutes with some quick Dos and Don’ts from Lydia of stepping out of your comfort zone and welcoming newcomers to the church.

“Love and Your Station in Life” – 25-minute Small Group breakout sessions for singles (led by Theo), husbands (led by Peter F.), wives (led by Andrea), and parents (led by Nathan) to talk together about unique ways they can use their life station to serve others… and particular ways they need to be served.

“Loving People from a Different Culture” – 20-minute panel discussion with the Bishops, Engs, and Christian & Rosario moderated by Nathan surrounding what it’s like to be an ethnic minority at Immanuel and ways that those in majority culture could be more aware and love those of a different culture.

“Loving People Who Are Lost” – 10-minute brainstorming session of ways that we could individually and corporately better love people through evangelism.

“Q&A with the Elders” – Informal open mic to ask any questions of the pastors about theology or the state and vision of the church, etc…

Sunday Morning:

Our regular Sunday worship service with a sermon on the Apostle John’s teaching about love.

Mixed in and around these sessions there will be campfires, games, free time, swimming, eating, singing, hanging out, and all kinds of chances to grow in loving each other!

It’s not too late to register! Contact retreat at immanuel dash baptist dot net for more info.

Registration will open at 5:00 PM on Friday in the Cedar Room and the Saturday morning session will begin at 9:00 AM. 

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